While publisher Electronic Arts has taken its fair share of chances on new properties from small independent studios, one would never dare to call them "indie." That would be like calling Walmart a mom-and-pop operation.. But a recent sale on Steam featuring several EA published games has agitated at least one high profile developer and has certainly made some gamers look up the definition of irony to see if EA's logo might be pictured somewhere nearby.
Electronic Arts recently announced the release of an "indie bundle" on Steam that includes such games as DeathSpank, DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue, Gatling Gears, Shank, Shank 2 and Warp. Mojang founder and Minecraft creator Markus Persson took issue with EA's claim of an indie bundle, saying the following via Twitter earlier this week:
"EA releases an 'indie bundle'? That's not how that works, EA," tweeted Persson. "Stop attempting to ruin everything, you bunch of cynical bastards. Indies are saving gaming. EA is methodically destroying it."
Persson is certainly not taking credit for single-handedly saving the game industry either and quickly pointed that out in a follow-up tweet:
"FYI, I don't even call Mojang indie any more,” he tweeted. “Vlambeer is indie. Polytron is indie. Stephen, Ed, Terry, Derek, Tommy and Chris are indie."
The oddest part of the whole story is that EA decided to do a bundle on Steam instead of Origin – its own digital distribution platform. It should also be noted that all of the aforementioned games in EA's bundle are great and worth owning. People are simply hung up on the semantics related to it…